Steelers’ Smith out, Ravens’ Birk in for Round 3

Steelers Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu, who has been dealing with an ankle injury, is active for the AFC Divisional showdown with the rival Baltimore Ravens Saturday, as expected. Polamalu was a full participant in practice for the first time Thursday and was listed as probable on the team’s final injury report. He missed games in Weeks 15 and 16 while dealing with ankle and Achilles injuries, but he returned in Week 17 to face the Cleveland Browns.

Cornerback Bryant McFadden (abdomen) participated fully in Friday’s practice and is set to go as well.

Steelers DE Aaron Smith wasn’t ready to come back from a triceps injury he suffered in Week 7 and has been ruled out.

For the Ravens, center Matt Birk missed a two days of practice this week while dealing with a knee injury but will be active. He was listed as questionable, along with cornerback Chris Carr (thigh), who will also suit up after being limited in practice this week.

Safety Tom Zbikowski has been ruled out with a back injury.

WR/KR David Reed
S Tom Zbikowski
LB Jason Phillips
DT Arthur Jones
G Bryan Mattison
TE Davon Drew
TE Dennis Pitta
DT Lamar Divens

Charlie Batch (No. 3 QB)
RB Jonathan Dwyer
DB Crezdon Butler
OT Chris Scott
OT Tony Hills
DT Steve McLendon
DE Aaron Smith
LB Jason Worlids

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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